How to Choose Your Internet in the Age of Streaming
The different ways to think about getting the service that fits your needs for the best price.
These days, we use the internet differently than we used to. It’s not just for chatting with your friends and slapping together school papers at the last minute: it powers our media consumption, our work, and our relationships. That takes data—lots of it. And data doesn’t always come cheap. That’s why—whether you’re considering cutting the cord or committed to keeping your cable (for now)—you need to be sure you’re making the most economical choice while taking into account the way you use the internet.
If you’re a no-frills type of person, meaning you only want to pay for what you’re actually using, then cord-cutting could make sense. For true, committed cord-cutters, Verizon Fios’s 100/100 Standalone Internet deal is as good as it gets. For just $39.99 a month, you’ll get 100/100 Mbps internet that’s super-fast and reliable enough for you to video chat, stream movies, and upload and share to your heart’s content. No bells, no whistles—just great internet at an amazing price. (And with this deal, which is only available until April 18, Verizon will even give you a credit of up to $500 to get out of your current contract.) Think of it as the solution for those who want to do some digital decluttering.
But before you take out those gardening shears and make the big cable snip, be sure you’ve considered the other possibilities, because depending on how much you’re using the internet—along with what other services you’re using regularly—there might be other options that are ultimately more cost efficient.
For people with a more-for-less mindset—in this case, more services for less money, especially if you’re a power-user when it comes to data usage—Fios’s Triple Play deal might make the most sense. Need to stream the latest episode of your favorite Netflix show while your partner’s in the next room playing video games and your kid’s video-chatting with Grandma in Iceland, all while everyone’s using their phones to keep an eye on their Twitter feeds? Just want to watch the local news? The Triple Play has you covered and then some. Its jaw-droppingly fast Fios® Gigabit connection, which offers up to 940/880 Mbps of speed, is strong enough to support up to 100 devices at once, with virtually no lag or buffering.
If that sounds like it’s going to be expensive, think again: At $79.99 a month for internet, TV, and a phone line, the Triple Play deal is still a seriously cost-effective option. And number-crunchers take note: not only does the $500 credit to break your contract (and offset those termination fees) apply here too, but the deal also comes bundled with a year-long Netflix membership, taking a significant bite out of all the subscription fees that can make cord-cutting more expensive than it first appears.
The direction you choose all depends on your mindset. Whether you’re the type who wants a no-frills solution for your austere cord-cutting lifestyle or the type who wants to be sure you’re getting some serious bang for your buck, Verizon Fios has a solution, and a solid deal, for both. Just remember: these Fios deals are only good through April 18th.
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